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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Johnny Depp
Amber Heard
Richard Jenkins
Giovanni Ribisi
Aaron Eckhart
Michael Rispoli
Directors
Bruce Robinson
Screenwriters
Bruce Robinson
Running Time
119 minutes

The Rum Diary
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The Rum Diary

Plot
Journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) travels to Puerto Rico to write for the local newspaper, The San Juan Star. Immersing himself in the island’s rum-soaked lifestyle, he soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Heard), the fiancée of wily American entrepreneur Sanderson (Eckhart), a shady property developer. He recruits Kemp to write favourable things about his latest scheme, and it’s down to the journalist to take the money or the moral high ground...


Verdict
A fitting tribute to Hunter and the demise of the American Dream, but first and foremost a thrilling and funny snapshot of a country on its knees and a writer finding his feet.


Reviewed by Philip Wilding

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